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Paramedic practice leaders and clinical excellence

BCEHS has a new team of paramedic practice leaders, to ensure paramedics at BCEHS bring the very best care to patients in BC.
Paramedic practice leaders Ole Olsen, Jon Deakin and Leon Baranowski
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​BCEHS paramedic practice leaders (l-r): Ole Olsen, Jon Deakin and Leon Baranowski

Each member of the team brings years of expert-level clinical practice and a commitment to advancing the paramedic profession. 

The team is part of the Clinical and Medical Programs group at BCEHS. Their role includes:

  • leadership and supervision of clinical staff;
  • developing and implementing new clinical programs, protocols and policies;
  • clinical input for educational and training programs;
  • commitment to research opportunities for the organization; and
  • network-building with academic institutions and key partners.
The team reports to Joe Acker, director of clinical and professional practice, another role that’s relatively new to BCEHS – Joe was appointed in November 2017. He works to promote and enable high-quality clinical paramedic practice.

Meet Ole Olsen, Jon Deakin and Leon Baranowski

Ole Olsen

Ole is a critical care paramedic with more than 21 years of experience in BC. His background is in research, education and private-sector consulting. 

He holds a Masters of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia and carries the Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. 

Ole is looking forward to using his experience and education to inspire and facilitate transformational change within the paramedic profession.

Jon Deakin

Jon has almost 30 years of experience as a paramedic in BC, and 20 years as a paramedic practice educator at the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC).

As an active preceptor, coach and mentor, he remains involved in the development of paramedic education. Jon believes in providing the best clinical care through education. 

He says it’s an exciting time to be involved in the evolution of pre-hospital care. 

Leon Baranowski

An experienced paramedic from the UK, Leon joins BCEHS from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, where he has worked as an advanced care paramedic instructor, practice education lead and most recently program manager for curriculum and quality assurance. 

In the UK, Leon held a variety of clinical roles including paramedic practitioner and helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) paramedic. He has a Masters of Education (MEd) in clinical education and was an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Leon cares passionately about paramedic care practices and is confident about making positive changes to advance the paramedic profession.
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